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Old 09-20-09, 04:11 AM   #1
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Is this a good helmet? (Giro)

http://www.amazon.com/Giro-Indicator...3440805&sr=8-1

seems to have many good reviews, and a legit helmet maker.

seems like a decent price for a good helmet. what do you guys think?

also... bonus question.... what helmet color would look best for my celestial blue, kilo tt?
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2653/...7a414a8cda.jpg
i'm thinking the Silver/Ice Blue Flowers one.


i don't wear a helmet, but i'm going to buy one, if its comfortable and doesn't look too weird on my head, maybe i'll wear it more and more to the point i won't ride without em, who knows.
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Old 09-20-09, 04:56 AM   #2
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For helmets, if it fits you and you think you look ok wearing it then it's perfect.

All helmets must pass tests to prove their effectiveness.

So the 2 points that you already highlighted are the only 2 that matter. is it comfy and do you think you look like a dufus in it.

Don't buy over the internet though. A helmet can look cool, but when you stick it on your melon everything changes. Go to a bike shop with a lot of lids and try as many as possible. If you want a helmet that will protect and definatly look good, get a skate helmet. But you will sweat like a ***** and real roadies will laugh at you. But at least you will be content with your style and won't crack your head open.

(skate helmets are also tuffer and you can keep on using it after several/countless hits due to the materials used) Normal bike helmets are one hit wonders. So you have to be careful. Even dropping on the floor from a good height can mean it's time for a new one. And they often aren't cheap!
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Old 09-20-09, 06:01 AM   #3
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Even an ugly helmet is better than no helmet at all. I agree with Don that you should go to a bike shop and try a few helmets on before you buy one, particularly if you are someone who rides a lot of hours each week.

I'm not such a big fan of the skate-type helmets. They are heavy as hell, and if you often go for rides lasting more than an hour you are going to hate wearing one. I don't really think anyone over the age of 16 thinks skate helmets look more stylish than cycling helmets, but they are more durable, and easier to decorate with stickers if you are into that sort of thing.

I've been in enough bike wrecks (2 of the 3 ambulance trips I've had in my life were the result of bicycle accidents) to know better than to go without wearing a helmet. One wreck resulted in a good concussion and a case of short-term amnesia. Had I not been wearing a helmet it would likely have been much worse.
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Old 07-29-11, 11:04 PM   #4
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I have that same helmet, purchased about 3 years ago. It's very comfortable and light!
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Giro makes good reliable helmets. Get it as long as you can return it in case it feels bad. You can pull off the visor since that's meant for mountain biking. I use a Giro helmet for my road bike, but I think for a fixie I may get something alittle more urban looking and less racey....
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i have one. it's okay. don't get anything better than that or wear anything better than that and you'll think it's great.

but once you try a pro helmet everything else sucks.
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Cue 36 page thread on helmets, "which fitting mechanism is best? and what about strap materials? and are more vents better? oval vents or thinner vents? and what about bug vent shields?"

In all seriousness. I use a Giro Indicator. As much as I would like to spend a lot on a helmet, the way I see it is if it fits and you like it, cheaper is better. If you end up using it (i.e. falling), you'll have to buy another one. They're a one-use thing. Someday I will buy a nice LAS Squalo or Lazer or something, but until then, 30-40 dollars is not bad for a solid helmet with a good fit system that doesn't look half bad either.
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Old 07-30-11, 01:18 AM   #8
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i have one. it's okay. don't get anything better than that or wear anything better than that and you'll think it's great.

but once you try a pro helmet everything else sucks.
I did that. Dumbest idea ever. Before, over $100 for a helmet was outrageous. Now, I take it a little more seriously. Damn.
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Old 07-30-11, 02:43 AM   #9
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databike doesn't ride bikes anymore
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Old 07-30-11, 07:20 AM   #10
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I would never buy a helmet over the internet. Giro helmets don't fit my head right for some reason.
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Old 07-30-11, 07:30 AM   #11
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I would never buy a helmet over the internet. Giro helmets don't fit my head right for some reason.
+1. Go into your LBS and try on a couple different helmets before you buy.
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Old 07-30-11, 08:50 AM   #12
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The trick is to find pro helmets on clearance. This spring there were a lot of great helmets at 30-50% off on a bunch of sites - I got my Lazer O2 for $50.
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Old 07-30-11, 10:14 AM   #13
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My first helmet, a bottom-end mountain-biking Trek lid, never truly fit me - and it showed. I looked awkward with some sort of mushroom over my head. This summer I went through the entire Giro arsenal, and nothing fit properly.

It was only two weeks ago when I tested a Rudy Project Zuma (and Sterling, but that's pricey), that I found my fit.
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Old 07-30-11, 10:27 AM   #14
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I don't think any helmet is ever going to look "cool", so I just got one that fit me reasonably well and wasn't going to break the bank. I ended up going with the Specialized "Align" for about $40.
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Maybe not cool, but you can find helmets that don't make you look awkward. I just got a Specialzied Echelon that fits a lot better that my Giro and doesn't make me look like an alien
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So it's not true? You don't wear a hairnet?
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Never have
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How dickish would it be to try on helmets at your LBS and then once you've found your fit, buy the thing off the internet? I'd probably just buy it from the shop, despite the fact that I could be saving money. I have yet to snoop around but I feel that you wouldn't be saving all that much money anyway.
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Never have
You sir are a liar. In the last "what helmet do you wear?" thread you posted a picture of a hairnet.

But it's okay I would never want to wear one either.
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I posted the photo in my avatar, which is not a photo of me. Maybe Tejano or 65er has used one before
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How dickish would it be to try on helmets at your LBS and then once you've found your fit, buy the thing off the internet? I'd probably just buy it from the shop, despite the fact that I could be saving money. I have yet to snoop around but I feel that you wouldn't be saving all that much money anyway.
Pretty dickish but it happens.

OP, don't be too concerned with whether your helmet is pro or not. Fit and comfort are not determined by price, they are determined by how the shape of the helmet compares with the shape of your skull. My head is so weirdly shaped that there are only three models of helmet that fit it, out of the 20-30+ I've tried on. They are all low end models too. I have wished for a nicer helmet that actually fit my head, but have not found one yet.

A pro helmet will be a bit lighter and better vented than a cheapie. Frankly though in this day and age every helmet at your lbs isl good, and a cheap helmet today is likely to be much better than the most expensive helmet from 10 years ago.

A problem with pro helmets is that if you are doing regular commuting to class etc with any helmet, even if you never crash it is going to get knocked around a lot and pretty soon you are going to need another helmet. This is easier to handle if your helmet cost $40 than if it cost $200. In my opinion unless you are made of money an expensive, ultra light helmet is better suited to roadie/ sport riding than day to day commuting in the real world.

tldr: Get whatever fits you and doesn't look too dorky.
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I have this one, it's stylish (I think so), fits like a glove and not too expensive.

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I have this one, it's stylish (I think so), fits like a glove and not too expensive.

That helmet is cool looking...
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Why get a good helmet when you can get a great helmet?
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I no longer like the giro helmet. The Bern helmets look better I think. They seem like they are lower profile.
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